Here's something for Platinum members to consider, especially life timers: Suppose you had the choice to accept full Marriott Rewards benefits for a stay (Marriott Reward points, 50% Platinum member bonus, 500 point welcome bonus as a Platinum member, Elite Qualifying nights), or none of the above and a greatly reduced rate for the stay?
My question is aimed at a small group of Insiders for whom points are valuable, but EQNs are not. And points earned may or may not have as much value for evyone when there is a cheaper alternative. Marriott is not considering this alternative as far as I know, but from a marketing standpoint it follows the Priceline model--pay less for the same unsold room but get no points.
Love to hear what you all think.